Restricted free agents are the stuff that dreams are made of.
That's because the chances of one team going out and getting another team's restricted free agent are usually quite slim.
The cost is way too high.
Last summer, the Philadelphia Flyers signed Nashville Predators All-Star defenseman Shea Weber to a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet. The Preds matched that offer, but if the Flyers had ended up with the high-caliber free agent, they would have had to give the Predators four first-round picks as compensation.
Depending on the amount of the offer sheet signed by the restricted free agent, the player's original team is entitled to various levels of compensation.
Most teams are unwilling to pay the freight on expensive restricted free agents. The compensation is simply too high.
Here's a look at the top restricted free agents that will be available next summer.